Ferrari's Fernando Alonso didn't have the best of visits to the principality of Monaco this weekend, ending up finishing one position down from his qualifying spot of sixth place after tangling with a feisty Sergio Perez.
The McLaren driver slipped down the inside of the Ferrari into Nouvelle Chicane, forcing Alonso to cut the corner to avoid taking both cars out, but then being forced to hand over the position to Perez because he went outside the track limits in the process.
"Arguably I cut to avoid the contact because I turned and I was not alone in the corner or anything and missed the chicane," he explained, "I was perfectly able to do it but here in Monaco there is no space for two cars and I cut to avoid the contact and then you need to give back the decision always.
"If I had not cut the chicane, I would not have been able to avoid colliding with Perez and the same thing happened at Loews with Sutil," he added, while admitting that it had been his performance in qualifying that was the root cause of his Sunday headaches.
"This race came at the end of a weekend that overall was difficult, starting with a qualifying that left me in the middle of a group of drivers who had nothing to lose," he said.
Although Ferrari's management team appealed to the FIA that Alonso's hand had been forced to avoid a collision and that he shouldn't lose a position because of acting responsibly, Alonso himself admitted that it was the right call.
"I tend to agree with the decision because I cut a little bit the chicane," he said. At the mid-race interval caused by the red flag for Pastor Maldonado's massive shunt into the barriers, Alonso even walked over to Perez on the grid and shook his rival's hand to show that there were no hard feelings. "I agree with that decision," he said.
But Alonso did feel that Perez was pushing his luck with some of his moves, and wasn't surprised at where the McLaren driver ended his day after a subsequent clash with Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus at the same spot.
"He has the car parked in the Rascasse, that is the only point that you can say," said Alonso. "He was lucky this year in two or three incidents. In Bahrain [there had been] nearly contact with Jenson, with me I was off the track avoiding contact. Here at the chicane I avoided contact again, but Kimi was not lucky because he didn't avoid the contact. But only McLaren has to be happy with him."